Chilean court fines motel for discrimination

Updated at: 12/07/2012 1:05 PM

(AP) SANTIAGO, Chile - A court in Chile has slapped a fine on a motel that banned entry to a gay couple in the first ruling associated with a new-antidiscrimination law.

The judge ordered the motel on Friday to pay a $4,000 fine to a lesbian couple and ordered motel owners to never again forbid people from renting a room based on their sexual orientation.

Chile’s leading gay rights group is calling it a victory for equality. The gay rights group Movilh filed suit against the motel after the anti-discrimination law was signed into law by President Pinera in July.

The law was approved after the brutal killing of a young gay man in March set off a national debate about hate crimes.

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